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Race and Politics

Race in the Voting Booth

Michael Brenner | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Race was the unspeakable factor in the presidential election -- in contrast to 2008 when it was on everyone's mind and on display. That does not mean it has disappeared.

Color-Blind Racism in the Obama Era

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 01.01.2013 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

Left of Black host and Duke Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in the Left of Black studios by Eduardo Bonilla Silva, author of the now classic Racism without Racists.

Why Michelle Obama Should Play the Race Card

Brittney Bullock | Posted 12.09.2012 | Black Voices
Brittney Bullock

For a people who were barely recognized as full citizens with equal rights under the laws of the country they helped to build, it is a victory, whether you are Obama supporter Reverend Al Sharpton or Romney advocate Herman Cain, that a black man now assumes the highest office in the land

Hating the President

Keith Gaby | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Keith Gaby

The important truth is that a significant minority is almost always going to hate whomever is president. And before we get nostalgic, it happened to Jefferson, Lincoln and FDR, too.

Race Takes Center Stage in the National Debate

Elaine Dutka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elaine Dutka

A year after the nation's first African-American President took office, "post racial" hasn't panned out. Though Barack Obama eschews ethnic tags, they're front row, center in the national debate.

Forget About Harry Reid, What's up with Bill Clinton?

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Avis Jones-DeWeever

Let's call a spade a spade. Our friend, Bill Clinton, has a race problem. Am I saying he's a racist? No. But he has repeatedly proven that he has no qualms appealing to racial divisions for political gain.

Sam Stein

GOP Jumps On Ricci, But Sotomayor's Confirmation Chances Remain Strong

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Supreme Court's ruling that a group of white firefighters were unfairly denied promotions based on their race was the worst of three possible outc...

Sotomayor's Confirmation Hearings Will Be a Trial of the GOP

Roberto Lovato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roberto Lovato

As she faces a host of hostile questions in her confirmation hearings, Sotomayor should remember one thing: it is not she who will be on trial, but the Republican Party.

Social Work and Politics: What's Happening in America

Martha St Jean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha St Jean

Women who want to keep it all together should always have a plan, burn the candle at both ends and make sure to keep the middle for themselves.

A Vietnamese-American In the House... Our Parents Will Be So Proud

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Disgrasian

Everyone is all kinds of excited about the fact that there's now a Vietnamese-American dude rocking the U.S. House of Representatives. Incidentally, I think it's a bit of a mixed bag.

This Week in Blackness Episode 13 -- Black, Black, Blackity, Black.

Elon James White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elon James White

Comedian Elon James White talks about the wide spread notion of eliminating color when it comes to President-Elect Obama. Lets just say, he's not amused.

Conservatives' Race-Baiting Miscalculation

John Ridley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Ridley

From not-so-subtle euphemisms to open slurring, how much is conservative race-baiting going to cost the Republicans? Probably the presidency.

Bradley Who? Here Comes the Obama Effect

Daniel Okrent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Okrent

Everyone's fretting that the dreaded Bradley Effect will turn up in this election. But there's another shoe to drop on this issue -- and it may change the electoral map for years to come.

Uneasy Twins

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

For the past few weeks the nation has been engaged in a truly bizarre debate over who is better qualified for the presidency -- Barack Obama or Sarah Palin.

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being

Parvez Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Parvez Sharma

Does the Republican Party now represent primarily a demographic of one skin color only? McCain and Palin always seem to be surrounded by Whites.

Is Barack Obama's Candidacy About Race?

Bill Blanning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Blanning

The simple fact that an African-American is in line for the presidency serves to affirm for all of us our belief in America's best ideals.

Once Again Obama Should Address Race

Howard Winant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Winant

Since his speech in March, Obama has been effectively and consciously redefining racial politics. He can consolidate his "brand" by addressing race openly, as he has already done in the past.

A New Race(ism?) -- Unconscious Bias in the '08 Campaign

Gregory S. Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gregory S. Parks

The broader challenge for Senator Obama is to make voters aware of the fact that even many well-intentioned individuals harbor unconscious, anti-black biases.

The Race Card

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The accusation that blacks "play the race card" taps into working-class white resentment. It says that black people receive special treatment while the politically-correct crowd jumps all over you for pointing it out.

Obama and Hispanics: Another Myth Exposed

Mark Feierstein and Ana Iparraguirre | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Feierstein and Ana Iparraguirre

To misread Hispanic voters is to miss a fundamental dynamic of the presidential race. For all the talk about race and gender, it is ethnicity that may determine the next president of the United States.

Sam Stein

Rendell: Some Whites Won't Support Obama Because Of Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The racial components of the 2008 Democratic Primary refuse to go away. On Tuesday, Gov. Ed Rendell, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter, told the P...

Sam Stein

Clyburn: Bill Clinton May Be Damaging His Reputation

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Representative Jim Clyburn, whose neutrality in the Democratic primary has made him something of a political referee between the Obama and Clinton cam...